by Laura Benedict It makes sense that you (almost) never see bathrooms on television shows, or in films, unless they are integral to the story. If you do see one, it’s usually because we need to see someone sneaking up behind the heroine as she looks in a mirror. Or she’s getting ready for work… Read More
Laura Benedict is the author of six novels of dark suspense, including the Bliss House gothic trilogy: The Abandoned Heart, Charlotte's Story (Booklist starred review), and Bliss House. Her work has also appeared inEllery Queen's Mystery Magazine, PANK, on NPR, and in anthologies like Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads and St. Louis Noir. She lives with her family in Southern Illinois. Visit her at laurabenedict.com.
I have the best daughter. When she was a toddler, she was adorably curious and nearly always cheery. If she awoke in her little bed before we came to get her, she would call out, “Can I get out of bed now?” Her school grades have always been excellent, and she never got a speeding… Read More
What could be better than a June wedding, save for maybe New York Times Best-selling Author Linda Lael Miller’s take on the summer matrimony tradition. This month sees Book 3 in Miller’s The Brides of Bliss County Series debuted May 26. The Marriage Season finds two of three best friends—Hadleigh, Melody and Bex—happily wed after… Read More
by Laura Benedict I’m a writer married to a writer. And, yes, it’s often just as complicated and crazy and dramatic as it sounds. But let’s get this part out of the way right up front: I was my husband Pinckney’s writing student when we met. Go ahead. Giggle a bit and raise your eyebrows… Read More
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Remember When Opium Was Legal?
by Bronwen Evans Okay, I’ll prefix that title by explaining that I write early 1800’s historical romance. Believe it or not, opium could be bought over the counter like a tonic until 1864, and was not restricted as a medicine until 1901. In the early 1800’s opium, available in many forms, became the recreation past… Read More